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9th FCWC Ministers Conference Opens In Monrovia
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9th FCWC Ministers Conference Opens In Monrovia
By Robert Dixon

MONROVIA, December 15 (LINA) –The 9th Fisheries Committee of the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) Conference has opened in Monrovia.

The regional fishery body comprises of Liberia, Guinea, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria and Benin.

The three-day conference is expected to address the issues of protecting the territory of West Africa as well as initiating policy to prevent illegal fishing activities in the region.

Speaking at the opening ceremony Wednesday, the Secretary General of FCWC, Seraphin Dedi, said the conference was intended to identify markets for the growth
of the sector.

According to him, resources in the sector were enormous because it has been used for nutrition and revenue generation by regional governments.

The conference is being held under the theme: “Fish Trade and Value Addition to Fisheries for Social and Economic Benefit of our Population.”

According to Mr. Dedi, one way to enhance value addition in the sector and for the population is through the fish trade.

In remarks, Agriculture Minister Dr. Moses Zinnah, told the gathering that Agriculture and fisheries constitute 12 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Liberia.

He explained that about 65 percent of the country’s annual protein comes from fish and that it is significantly cheaper than meat and chicken.

Dr. Zinnah also said that Liberia’s consumption rate of fish is around 24,000 metric tons but that the country is only able to produce 9,000 metric tons annually, noting that this is resulting to a huge gap.

The Liberia Agriculture Minister indicated that a lot needs to be done to meet the growing demand for fish in the country.
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